Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery keeps locals full with a menu of homemade offerings that warm hearts via easily accessible stomach ducts. Regulate tongue temperature with hot soups and cold salads, such as the Sweet Harmony salad topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and honey-roasted pecans ($9.95). Tasty invaders hurdle mandibular moats in the form of house specialties, such as the homemade mac & cheese ($8.95) or chicken bruschetta ($9.95), and egg eaters storm edible embankments with an oven-baked slice of the quiche of the day ($8.95). Treat sweet teeth to a plethora of palate-pleasing pastries, such as slices of strawberry shortcake ($6.95), extra-large cookies ($2.50), and special daily desserts. On the third Saturday of each month, early risers can enjoy special breakfast items to kick off weekend activities.
The brilliant baristas at Klekolo pour steaming cups of joe and craft specialty drinks in their funky Court Street location. Using beans from a variety of roasters—most of them organic and free trade—the staff brews each cup ($1.30–$2.25) from the drip bar. Expertly made espresso ($1.25) steams in tiny mugs stolen from caffeinated elves, and specialty drinks such as the Witches' Brew transfix taste buds with a spell of caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, and espresso. Combat severe cases of indecision by filling tankards with smooshies ($5.75), a combination smoothie-slushie that dallies in fruit flavors as well as java incarnations. The pastry case houses a rotating selection of scrumptious sweets ($1.80–$4.95); recent offerings have included rich turtle-cheesecake bars and flaky lemon danish. While sipping from mugs, patrons can gaze at the local artwork dotting the richly hued purple walls, use free WiFi to email lonely houseplants, or admire the 10 cents they saved by bringing in their own bean-juice receptacles.
When you think of a typical convenience store, you likely think of shelves stocked with unhealthy grab-and-go snacks, questionable premade food, and old, watered-down coffee. But though it’s technically a convenience store, Harvest Country Store has none of those things.
First of all, it’s full of local, organic, and natural groceries, including quinoa and organic chocolate bars. An article in the West Hartford Patch says the community-minded owners want to “serve the needs and special desires of their neighbors, in an ethnically and racially-diverse part of West Hartford that doesn't have many other retail establishments within walking distance.” That's why they stock ready-made sandwiches and salads and infused organic waters.
In addition to its healthy groceries, Harvest Country Store offers sustenance in sweet and savory forms, from soft bagels and artisan pastries to Connecticut-born ice cream in pretzel cones. And its coffee bar only serves all-organic, fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with syrups that are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly and free of high-fructose corn syrup.
For those who wish to sit as they sip or snack, there's free WiFi and indoor and outdoor seating.
Consuming between 9 and 13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day can seem like a daunting task. But Robeks turns what could be a chore into a delicious pastime with fresh juices and blended smoothies that incorporate oranges, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and other fresh fruits. Elsewhere on the menu, fresh salads, tasty muffins and cookies, and gourmet sandwiches help customers adhere to a healthy lifestyle without hiring an apple tree as a personal trainer.
When the proprietors of Kupz Frozen Yogurt & Coffee decided to brew their own cups of joe, they knew not just any beans could make the cut. That’s why they partnered with Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, whose carefully selected beans flavor Kupz’s house-roasted blends. On the cooler side, Kupz’s staffers serve specially blended flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as 20-ounce smoothies, which each contain more than five servings of real fruits, such as mangos and bananas. Coffee, yogurt, and smoothie feasts unfold inside a cozy storefront equipped with free WiFi and iPads.